Paper-Thin Robotic Skin Lights Up When Touched [Video]

Paper-Thin Robotic Skin Lights Up When Touched [Video]

Researchers at UC Berkeley developed an ultra sensitive electronic covering that responds to pressure.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 24 july 2013

Engineers and researchers over at UC Berkeley have developed an electronic skin that responds to pressure by lighting up.

The skin is made of a paper-thin flexible plastic that has a user-interactive sensor network embedded in it. The e-skin lights up when touched and the more intense the pressure, the brighter the light that is emitted.

The research team was led by Ali Javey, an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences and a faculty scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The team’s research was published on Nature Materials early this week.


The researchers believe that the e-skin holds a lot of potential in terms of developments in human-machine interface and interactive environments. The e-skin could be used to create interactive wallpapers or bandages that act as health monitors.

The research team is now looking into making the e-skin respond not only to pressure but to temperature and light as well.

The short clip below shows the e-skin in action.

UC Berkeley

Images by Ali Javey and Chuan Wang via UC Berkeley


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